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Monday 2/26/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Weird, Watery Neptune in the News

Happy Monday!

Some of my Facebook friends are reporting a bit of stress this morning. And indeed, the stress of a potential power play and/or emotional catharsis is reflected by  today’s nurturing Cancer Moon in a face off with  ruthless Pluto, exact at 8:11 AM ET.  What needs to be released so that something else might thrive? The mood expands — for better or for worse — as lunch approaches, courtesy of a harmony between the Moon and Jupiter. Note the potential for a flash of illumination, a twist or other upset to the status quo around 4:51 PM ET, as rebel Uranus challenges the emotional security-seeking Cancer Moon. From then until 11:42 PM ET, the Moon will be void of course, suggesting a time to not make a mountain out of a molehill. Chill and focus on routine concerns, preferably those close to home. Roll with whatever twists and flakes  may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. If you are new to this forecast and not familiar with the term “void of course Moon,” here’s the 411. 

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY are sponsored by the Moon in drama queen Leo. Great for party, a show or for issuing royal edicts. Emotions are on the rise, as the Moon is waxing to fullness in Virgo on THURSDAY at 7:51 PM ET. Before we get to Thursday, however, we have a busy few days of communication flows and challenges, as well as a chance to pour your heart out. In the case of the latter, on TUESDAY Venus in intuitive Pisces will be in harmony with powerbroker Pluto in Capricorn.

But wait, there’s more. Mercury (the way we need to think and communicate) pulls focus on WEDNESDAY, challenging a righteously opinionated, boundary-pushing Mars in Sagittarius, exact at 6:56 PM ET. An outburst energy for those walking and talking. Keep an eye on P45, as that Mars will be sitting on his opinionated Sag Moon, opposing his blah blah blah Gemini Sun. Provoked much? If you have a planet or angle around 20 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces, you may also feel a wee bit provoked. Count to ten before you lash out.  And that includes the horoscope of the United States, too. Transiting Mars in Sag will connect with Mars and Neptune in the USA horoscope. Assertion, anger, scandal, vision, dreams, drugs, oil, fantasy — watch the headlines — and expect the debate over gun control to continue.

Later on Wednesday, Mercury will be in harmony with Pluto at 11:40 PM ET. Should be a fine day for investigative reporters. Mercury-Pluto patterns excel at digging up dirt.  The Leo Moon goes void at 6:13 PM ET on Wednesday; chill until 12:57 AM ET on THURSDAY, when the Moon enter Virgo to clean up the mess.

THURSDAY features the aforementioned Full Moon. In Virgo, its mission is to refine, organize and make things perfect. A lovely harmony between Venus and Jupiter, exact at 6:22 AM ET, gets that day off to an amiable — dare I say generous — start. Another easy flow between Mercury and Jupiter, exact FRIDAY at 8:05 AM ET, facilitates big news in publishing, legal affairs and other systems of collective beliefs.  By then we’ll be seeing manifestations of rose-colored glasses to the max. Why? Because on SUNDAY the Pisces Sun makes its annual meet-up with visionary Neptune, and Mercury meets up with Venus. The two together scream “idealism!!” — to be  expressed prominently in matters of women, money, art and social expression the following week.  Watch how those themes will be reflected in the Academy Awards.

What are your plans for a dreamy weekend escape? Moon goes void at 6:50 PM ET on FRIDAY; West Coasters can skip out early.

Don’t know where your planets are? Why not  make an appointment for a personal consultation?   Really, there’s too much going on in the cosmos to remain clueless about how it  likely to impact YOU. Now is the time to plan a strategy for the rest of 2018 — and beyond.

And now, the news.

In the aftermath of the Never-Ending Uranus-Pluto Square of 2011-2016, autocrats rule. Now it’s President Xi of China joining the Men Who Would Be King Club.  Yesterday the Communist Party announced it was abolishing constitutional terms limits.  And why not, on a day with Sun (leaders) in harmony with Saturn (authority, structure), with the Cancer Moon about to be challenged by power-grabbing Pluto? Xi’s birth date is unconfirmed, though it is reportedly June 15, 1953. That would make him another double-talking Gemini whose horoscope was under a streamlining squeeze all last year, as Saturn opposed his Sun. Moon in either regal Leo or Cancer.  Mars at 0 Cancer — the prominent Aries Point. We can watch for prominent initiatives from him next week.

Also — the American Dream is still alive for those currently threatened by the destruction of DACA.  SCOTUS refusedto hear the P45 Administration’s argument on why it should be permitted to strip Dreamers of their protected homeland status.

Meanwhile…

Back in 2009, when I began writing this forecast (!!!), the original conceit was to see if awareness of planetary patterns could be used to anticipate the headlines in the “paper of record,” a.k.a., the New York Times.   With Neptune pulling so much focus, I would expect a truckload of stories involving fish, water, oil, drugs, glamour, fanatics, scandal, film, illusion, spirits, victims, pacifists, lies — to name a few. Here are some examples from Sunday’s edition:

What do you think? Coincidence or conspiracy? Next Sunday I expect we’ll have more of the same, with Neptune pulling focus in planetary patterns.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 2/23/2018 & the Weekend: Some Enchanted Evening

TGIF!!

Buzz, buzz, buzz…goes a Friday driven by the Moon in Gemini. Who’s the smartest kid in the room? Intellect vs. some whack-a-doodle pitch based on Someone’s Feelings About Something may make for an interesting day around 12:51 PM ET. That would reflect the Moon’s square to Mercury in Pisces — not an especially rational placement, as you know.  Moon square nebulous Neptune at 6:28 PM ET, suggests more vision and fog.  A square between Moon and Venus this evening at 11:26 PM ET suggests sensual, entertaining indulgence…but at at 12:57 AM ET on SATURDAY, Moon is opposed by a boundary-pushing Mars. Provocative?

More buzz, buzz, buzz until 2:58 PM ET on SATURDAY, when the Gemini Moon goes void with a sigh. Takes the wind out of your sails when the Moon goes void, does it? Some say that’s what it feels like. Go with the flow; roll with the twists and flakes that may deter your efforts to move forward in a straight line. No impulse shopping during the void, if you please.

When the Moon enters Cancer at 10:06 PM ET, the evening and following days are driven by a need for emotional and family/home/homeland security.  Call it an early date night Saturday and take your significant other home for that nightcap.  SUNDAY’s exact patterns will be felt through the weekend. First — exact at 7:01 AM ET — is a tense square between Venus in Pisces and Mars in Sagittarius. Mars in Sag is the force that needs to push limits, in ways that may be enthusiastic, but somewhat rough around the edges. Venus in Pisces needs to be empathetic, compassionate and unconditionally loving — perhaps vulnerable to suggestion. This may be experienced as tension between the sexes, subsequently released.  Aiding and abetting said expression is an alluring meet-up between Mercury and Neptune. Pure poetry between the sheets, perhaps — and an inspired backdrop for a marriage proposal or two.  And why not, with a harmony between the Sun and Saturn at 12:46 PM ET? Imagine and make it real. The sky’s the limit, says Mars in Sagittarius.

No sleeping in on MONDAY.

And now, the news…

…brought to you by the rose-colored glasses of Tuesday’s meet-up between Venus (food, art, money, women, social expression) and Neptune (idealism). Add in a well-intended effort at sober thinking suggested by Mercury (thoughts) in harmony with Saturn (reality). If only that Mercury weren’t in illogical Pisces. How about offering bonuses to teachers willing to arm themselves in the classroom as a means of stopping massacres, proposes P45? “A colossally stupid idea,” say the experts. More armed guards in schools? Because all it takes to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? Right. You know that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School did have an armed guard — a sheriff’s deputy, in fact — and he was nowhere on the scene when gunfire erupted last week.

Meanwhile, the teens (and their families) who survived last week’s shooting aren’t going anywhere,  challenging lawmakers to do something that would actually be effective.  I wish we had a birth time for Marco Rubio. The patterns in his horoscope suggesting intellectual self-sufficiency (“I have my own thoughts & I don’t need input from anyone else, thank you.”) may have actually have been pierced, if Politico accurately reported: “Facing Jeers and Boos, Rubio Shifts in Tense Gun Forum.”

The potential for America’s delusional love affair with guns is reflected by a combination of two squares in its horoscope: between Mars in Gemini (guns as entertainment) and Neptune in Virgo (fantasy; idealism in service) and its Cancer Sun (homeland security) and Saturn (harsh).  Throw in the towel and start over?

Anyway. Here’s more:

Finally, this intriguing headline. Venus-Neptune in Pisces reflects a novel way to facilitate health and well-being, while slashing costs. Ready? From across the Pond: “The Town That’s Found a  Potent Cure for Illness — Community. ” And speaking of community, thanks to Avid Reader Majie for this lovely video about women intuitively coming together to help a total stranger calm her child in an airport. It takes a village, so  they say…

Have a lovely weekend. Thank you for reading this forecast. Here’s how to contact me to schedule a personal consultation.

Monday 2/19/2018: Happy Birthday, Pisces; Sneak Peek at Lovely Week & Other Good News

(written on Sunday; posted just before midnight on Monday)

Happy long weekend — for many of us in the U.S. Buy a mattress on sale, won’t you?

Happy Sun in Pisces (as of today at 12:18 PM ET) — and happy Mercury in Pisces (as of 11:28 PM ET yesterday), too.  Therefore,  happy birthday to your favorite fishies!

Pisces is a sensitive, intuitive energy that at its best expresses compassion and loving kindness for everyone and everything, in its understanding that we are all One.  Being such a sensitive soul is not always easy. Pisces has been known to wallow in suffering. It can go to extremes of surrender in order to escape life’s hard knocks, drowning its sorrows in the nearest rose-colored glass. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a dreamy energy that can be challenging to integrate, but oh what sublime creative visions it can bring to life, when effectively channeled. Pisces appreciates that the individual and the collective are one and the same; that the illusion that we are separated from one another is just that: an illusion.

This Pisces truth is expressed in a book I stumbled across years ago. It’s called Happier Than God by Neale Donald Walsch. At the end of Chapter 15, Walsch talks about his quest to find the answer to these questions: 1) What does it take to make life work? and 2) Why does my life have to be such a continuing struggle? Walsch credits a conversation with God with this answer:

“Your life does not have to be such a continuing struggle. The problem is simple. You think your life is about you. Your life is not about you.”

“It isn’t?” I asked.

“No,” God answered.

“Well, then, who in the world is it about?”

Everyone in the world.”

The book then expounds on a simple, yet profound concept that “All Things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and All Things are part of the One Thing That Is.”  Walsch makes the case that when you can apply this concept in day-to-day living, you will have mastered the key to success. Sounds pretty Piscean to me.

Pisces folk born 11-16 days into the sign should chat with Fish born a few days earlier about how spacey life seemed in the past two years. Lots of potential for creativity and soulful questing, though.  I’d say the same is true for  Geminis, Sagittarians and Virgos born in that range.  May be time to check in with your local astrologer…

Famous Pisces include Kurt Cobain, Drew Barrymore, George Harrison, Dr. Seuss and Albert Einstein. All sensitive, soulful and sublime, in their own magical way.

Mercury will be in Pisces until March 5th. It suggests a need for thinking that is intuitive, rather than rational.  On the upside, we might need a more compassionate take. On the downside, thinking that is based on empathy and compassion may not be the most practical in terms of execution.

Regardless of the Sun or Mercury in Pisces, the energy of today (Sunday) is driven by the Moon in me-me-me Aries. It seeks a way to fulfill its crusading agenda while getting ego recognition for its collective consciousness. An ambitious reach or buckets of rain on someone’s parade may weigh in around 7:15 PM ET, when the Moon is squared by stern Saturn. If the latter, Aries Moon doesn’t care. The best way to motivate an Aries is to tell them it can’t be done. Tomorrow is another day…and the Moon will still be in Aries, so there!

Note the potential for a power play on MONDAY, when the Aries Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto around 8:47 PM ET. A meet-up with disruptive Uranus at 6:11 AM ET on TUESDAY gets the post-holiday work week off to an exciting start…even though it immediately goes void until 2:12 PM ET. There’s your excuse for sleeping in, flaking on a scheduled meeting or any other disruptive twist to your morning. Go with the flow; stick to routine and don’t turn a molehill into a mountain. Chill!

Tuesday and WEDNESDAY are driven by a Taurus Moon, seeking stability and comfort in the material world. A vision-inspired initiative for a more perfect and beautiful world may emerge, courtesy of the only two exact planetary patterns this week (other than to the Moon). First at 1:42 PM ET on WEDNESDAY, Venus (women, beauty, money, social expression) and Neptune meet up in Pisces. Idealism, empathy, peace and love — all in harmony with high-functioning energy to take that vision and make it real. At 3:23 PM ET. Mercury will harmonize with Saturn. Make your pitch and alert the media.

On THURSDAY, the Moon will be void between 6:46 AM ET and 7:07 PM ET. The work week ends with a buzz, courtesy of a pixie-chatterbox Gemini Moon. Oh what tangled webs we weave (we may wonder), as the Friday afternoon news dump approaches.

And now, the news…

…in which we’ll list stories reflecting the potential of Saturday’s square (tension) between Mars in boundary-pushing Sagittarius and dreamy Neptune. Mars = guns, machismo, anger, action. Neptune = scandal, fog, illusion, forgiveness, oil, drugs and more.

First up — and about darn time — 13 Russians were indicted on charges of tampering with the 2016 election. How? A troll farm planted fake news on social media, drumming up support for P45, Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders, i.e., whatever it would take to pull votes away from Hillary Clinton. Mars-Neptune suggests conspiracy. “A former Russian troll speaks: ‘It was like being in Orwell’s world,’” reports WaPo“Defiant and error-laden,” was P45’s typical noxious response.

One more story — and then enough about P45. Sharing this because it’s right on schedule, as Avid Readers will recall from last Monday’s forecast:

As he is the current occupant of White House, it is useful to look at P45’s horoscope for additional insight on how this eclipse may affect the nation. We see that it falls right on his Descendant, opposite his Mars. Immediately we think: relationship, aggression/assertion — brought to a close or otherwise interrupted, to make way for something new. Mars rules P45’s 9th House — which refers to messages to the masses, international  and legal affairs. Stormy weather during this cycle, perhaps?

In October 2016 it was reported that the National Enquirer paid Playboy model Karen McDougal $150K for the rights to her story about her 2006 affair with P45.  It was never published (don’t you wonder why?),  but someone else spilled the beans to reporter Ronan Farrow. On Friday the New Yorker published excerpts of Ms. McDougal’s handwritten account.

Way to go, Ronan Farrow! And what a hot horoscope Mr. Farrow has. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Uranus all in righteously opinionated Sagittarius.  Uranus together with the Sun and Mercury suggests they broke the mold when they made him. Did you know he graduated college at 15 and then went to law school at Yale? Genius!  With  Scorpio Mars and Pluto together in the 8th House, we can appreciate a talent for ruthless dirt digging. It is fascinating to see that his 12 Sag Moon and Midheaven have been under the influence of transiting Neptune’s fog for the past couple of years. And yet — all last year transiting Saturn hit the rest of his planets in Sag. What has he produced in that time? Ruthless “get real” exposes on a Neptune keyword:  scandal. First,  Harvey Weinstein — and now P45. Did I mention that Mr. Farrow’s Ascendant is 28 Aquarius — thus impacted by the Aug 21st and last week’s eclipses? It is fascinating to also note that transiting Uranus is about to square his natal Venus at 26 Capricorn for the third and final time in just over a year. This suggests social expression that may shock or otherwise disrupt.  Regardless, I foresee continued empowerment for him through 2018, as transiting Pluto squares his natal Jupiter.

Meanwhile…

I wish we had a birth date for Emma Gonzalez. This inspiring young woman survived last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Did you catch her impassioned, charismatic call to action on Saturday? It too, reflected the potential of a Mars-Neptune square, combined with the fierce humanitarian idealism of another pattern exact that day: the Sun conjunct Mercury at the very end of Aquarius. The voice of the future — yet we’ve been here before. When was that, you might ask. In the aftermath of the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1966. Students rebelled against the draft and the Vietnam war. It should not be surprising that now — in the aftermath of the Uranus-Pluto square — we are seeing students rallying against another cause. A walk-out is being planned for March 14th, with more to come I’m sure.

It’s worth taking a few minutes to read the Wikipedia entry on Marjory Stoneman Douglas. A pioneering Aries with Moon in depth-seeking Scorpio, Ms. Douglas was also a journalist and fierce environmentalist who recognized that a call to “drain the swamp” of the Florida Everglades was total b.s. — and this was back in the mid-40s. We can see her potential revolutionary spirit in an opposition between rebel Uranus and her Aries Venus and Sun. Her Mars is at 11 Sagittarius, needing to push boundaries with righteous action. It is interesting to note that on February 14th, the day of the shooting, transiting Mars was exactly on her natal Mars. Translation: a new two-year cycle of action begins. I bet she’d be proud of Emma Gonzalez and her fellow students who are now speaking out. Heck, I bet she’d be marching with them. Birth data: April 7, 1890 in Minneapolis, MN. Died  on May 14, 1998 in Coconut Grove, FL. RIP.

In other news…

  • Before I had my first cup of coffee this morning, I confess I was puzzled over this item that WaPo included in its daily First Reads email: “How the Full-Beat Face Took Over the Internet.”   Turns out it’s about the latest craze in make-up. In other words, glamour, illusion, women — happy Mars and Venus with Neptune. Duh!
  • “Black Panther” lived up to the hype and has smashed box-office records.
  • The New York Times is well-aware that most of the news these days is bewildering and depressing. Thus it’s put together a fairly new weekly feature, “The Week in Good News.”  This week you can feel better reading about Chloe Kim, Mr. Rogers and a bison frise named Flynn.

I’m doing my part to bring you some positive, feel-good stories of real people making the best of these challenging times, too. Back in December a college chum starting blogging about her brand new life.  She is a college professor, like her mother. Recently her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and about this time last year, a decision was made for my chum to take a sabbatical, help her mother sell the family home — and move to Rome. I encouraged her to write about her experiences. Her blog was launched on the Winter Solstice — with the  Sagittarius Sun conjunct Saturn in Capricorn at the Aries Point. A serious work about aging (Saturn) that is destined for prominence? I hope you will enjoy the warmth and wisdom of Alexandra Miletta’s writing. Here is the blog — it’s called Roads to Rome — you can sign up to receive new posts by email.

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Pisces – the fishes, detail from the Horoscope from ‘The book of birth of Iskandar”

 

 

 

Thursday 2/15/2018: New Moon in Aquarius; Solar Eclipse; Mars-Neptune Scandals…

The New Moon in Aquarius begins at 4:05 PM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.

Aquarius is a airy (mental), fixed (organizing) energy. Where Leo, its opposing sign, is concerned with personal creative expression and recognition, Aquarius needs to focus on the expression needs of a particular group or group consciousness. Keywords for Aquarius include innovation, eccentricity, friendship, humanitarian, unconventional, rocket scientist and/or mad genius. If you were born with the Sun in Aquarius, you have the energy to innovate and intellectualize with others. If your Moon is in Aquarius, you need to be socially significant — and dare I say appreciated for it.

The chart for this New Moon set in Washington DC has Uranus right on the Midheaven and in a cooperative connection with the Aquarius Sun, Moon and Mercury. Here in the U.S., we see the suggestion of a visible disruption to the status quo. Those cooperative connections suggest innovation in thought and communication — perhaps in the way the message is dispersed to the masses. There’s another cooperative connection between Venus (women, money, art, social expression) and Saturn (structure, cuts, control, discipline), exact at 6:19 PM ET.

These harmonies may seem at odds with the potentially scandalous and bewildering square between Mars and Neptune, exact on SATURDAY at 6:21 AM ET.  Mars (action, war, anger) and Neptune (vision; fog) suggest spiritual warriors; fanatical or sublime vision; bewildering violence and prurience — just to name a few.  However, one apt manifestation of the sum of these patterns would be yesterday’s tweet from Bess Kalb (Venus)  a writer (Mercury) for  Jimmy Kimmel (comedy; ergo, Uranus). In the wake of the latest bewildering (Neptune) and horrible school (Mercury square Jupiter) shooting (Mars),  Ms. Kalb responded to the usual “thoughts and prayers” gobbledygook (Neptune) from Certain Politicians with an itemized list of exactly how much money each had received (Venus sextile Saturn — get real about cash, dudes) from the NRA (Mars). Scandalous, no?  And this all happened on social media (Mercury sextile Uranus). Coincidence or conspiracy?

If you have a planet around 13 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius, your horoscope is affected by this weekend’s Mars-Neptune square.  You may find yourself a wee bit provoked or irritable, without fully understanding why.  This too shall pass. Don’t know where your planets are? Then why not order an Astro-Basics Report, so you can make this forecast even more meaningful.

But wait — there’s more. The New Moon is also a solar eclipse. This is an interruption of the normal flow of light and whatever else beams to Earth from the Sun. Picture a river meeting a dam. A bottleneck of energy is created,  that must eventually find a release, usually over the course of a few months.  Upside: the interruption of flow creates space for something new to be born. Downside: the rush of energy eventually expressed wipes something out. Wherever the eclipse falls in your horoscope,  that’s the area of life where something needs to get started or be brought to a close. If the eclipse falls on a planet or angle of your horoscope, you’ll feel it more.

Secrets are often revealed around an eclipse. Consider that when following the news.

Today’s eclipse is not a total solar eclipse, like the Great American Eclipse we had last August. It won’t be visible in the U.S. or much of anywhere else.  Still, it activates the August eclipse, and the horoscopes of anyone who has a planet or angle around 27 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio or Taurus.  Therein lies its potency.

As he is the current occupant of White House, it is useful to look at P45’s horoscope for additional insight on how this eclipse may affect the nation. We see that it falls right on his Descendant, opposite his Mars. Immediately we think: relationship, aggression/assertion — brought to a close or otherwise interrupted, to make way for something new. Mars rules P45’s 9th House — which refers to messages to the masses, international  and legal affairs. Stormy weather during this cycle, perhaps?

The Sabian Symbol for this eclipse is “a tree felled and sawed.” Sabian Symbol Blain Bovee wants us to know that “to be ‘felled’ is to be struck down…an archaic sense of ‘fell’ means cruel, deadly, as in a ‘fell potion,’ and from which the term ‘felon’ is derived.” I didn’t know that…did you? We are advised to be in a planning mode — stockpiling or renewing resources for future leaner times. Here’s more from Bovee on this challenging Sabian Symbol. Will someone please alert Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke,  whose championship (Mars)  of oil, chemicals and gas (Neptune) was one of the hot talking points in this week of Mars square Neptune?

What’s going on in your horoscope? How is it being affected by these eclipses? What opportunities are likely to come up for you this year? Wouldn’t it be wise to plan ahead?  Here is the 411 on reports and consultations.

And now, the news.

On Monday I promised you gender-benders, big ideas, technology and fantasy. I should have added “leaders,” with quirky Uranus in a harmony with the Sun (leadership). This post took over internet this week. What do you think?

Here’s the link to the full post. You can download your own gender-bending app by googling “Face App.” It’s free. Enjoy!

Meanwhile…

No shortage of Mars-Neptune scandals to report, starting at the top:

Mars rules the head. Neptune refers to blood, Thus, “Concussions Can Be Detected with New Blood Test, Approved by the FDA.” 

Mars with Neptune suggests a heroic (Mars) fantasy film (Neptune). Is is any wonder that “Black Panther,” a superhero fantasy film, has such big buzz for its opening this weekend? Meanwhile, in Germany, female actors are being encouraged to ditch the glamour and heels and wear something comfortable to a Berlin film festival. Shades of Venus-Saturn in that one. Women and aesthetics get real.

Let’s end with a link to a photograph (Neptune) that boldly pushes boundaries (Mars in Sagittarius): it’s a photo of a single atom — yes, a photograph — of something you may never have thought you could ever see with the naked eye. Wow!

Thank you for reading this forecast.  And thanks to the Avid Readers who tuned in to Cosmic Tuesdays, hosted by Anthony Picco. We had so much fun answering listener-submitted questions. about Krakatoa and such. I’ll be back on the show on Monday, March 19th — at 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT. Will post a link beforehand.

 

 

Monday 2/12/2018: Sneak Peek at Another Eclipsed Week

Allll- righty then! Late post today — I’ve been on the road. Happy to be back in New York!

How did you manage this day with Moon in Capricorn and its need for enterprising action? How did you make it work?

Did you note the potential for intensified emotions, resulting in a power play or catharsis around 2:21 PM ET? That’s when the Moon made its weekly clash with Pluto. A upset to the status quo is suggested as we approach 1:46 AM ET on TUESDAY, when the Moon is challenged by rebel Uranus. It promptly goes void until 10:11 AM ET. There’s your excuse for sleeping in on Tuesday morning — or for whatever twist or flake disrupts your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

Meanwhile, the expansive energies of Jupiter continue to influence the week. In the wake of Jupiter’s square to the Sun on Saturday, it moves on to challenge Mercury at 5:39 PM ET on Tuesday night. Big ideas, big talk, big gobs of information, especially if you have a planet or a significant point around 22 degrees of Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus or Leo. Add in a harmony between the Aquarius Sun and rebel Uranus in Leo, and said big ideas hitting the headlines are likely to involve aviation, gender-benders and technology.

But wait — there’s more! We are in last few days of the lunar cycle. The New Moon in Aquarius happens on THURSDAY at 4:05 PM ET — and it’s also an eclipse. Briefly, this eclipse at 27 Aquarius falls almost exactly opposite the so-called Great American Eclipse that happened on Aug 21st at 28 Leo. So if your horoscope was impacted by the August eclipse, it’s impacted by this one, too. Will write more about this Thursday’s event as that day approaches. Until then, bear in mind that in this “dead Moon” period, it is not unusual to feel listless or restless, sensing that something new is just around the corner, but we don’t know what.

Some of what comes out by the weekend may have a particular spectacular or scandalous spin, brought to you by Mars (action!) needing to pushing boundaries in Sagittarius…but squared by nebulous Neptune in Pisces. Neptune keywords include viruses, flu, oil, water and spirits of all kinds. That potentially wiggy aspect happens on SATURDAY at 6:21 AM ET. Here are a few headlines from a prior Mars-Neptune square.

Enjoy these last days of Mercury and Sun in Aquarius. Both move into Pisces on SATURDAY and SUNDAY, respectively.

Your other Moon voids this week — times to stick with routine concerns and not make a mountain out of molehill: THURSDAY 4:05 PM ET – 9:42 PM ET; SATURDAY 5:13 PM ET – SUNDAY 7:05 AM ET.

The news will be back in the next forecast. Stay tuned…or tune in to “Cosmic Tuesdays” tonight at 9:30 PM ET. Anthony S. Picco is the gracious host, and I am his honored guest. Here is the 411:

 

Friday 2/9/2018 & the Weekend: Big Again; Jupiter Square Sun

Huzzah for today’s Moon in Sagittarius — huzzah! As of 8:53 AM ET yesterday (THURSDAY), count on Sag Moon to drive the day with a need to push boundaries, fueled by righteous opinion. Over the next few days, take a walk in the woods; catch a foreign film — or the opening ceremonies of the 697th Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea (with North Korea and South Korea marching under one flag — RAH!).  With Venus at the very last degree of Aquarius, you know there will be a place for everyone, the more unconventional the better. With Saturday’s exact square between Jupiter and the Aquarius Sun, you also know it’s gonna be big!

On FRIDAY, note the potential for a focused outburst of energy/assertion around 1:40 AM ET, as the Sag Moon meets up with Mars.  Cue Rand Paul shutting down the government now, please. A budget deal was eventually passed at 5:30 AM ET, with Pluto exactly on the Ascendant. That’s an image of force and necessary compulsion, as in “resistance is futile.”  The government is now open. So they say.)

Around 11:05 AM ET, note the potential for a bewildering flurry of events as the Moon is squared by Neptune. Who knows how far the markets will fall?

On SATURDAY, Moon will be void between 11:38 AM ET and 9:21 PM ET, suggested whatever crisis that crops up may be much ado about nothing. No impulse shopping during the void. Moon enters Capricorn at 9:21 PM ET, marching forward on a mission of making things happen. If you have an enterprising project to accomplish around the house, SUNDAY would be a day to do it, aided by a focused meet-up of the Moon and Saturn at 9:17 AM ET.

No sleeping in on MONDAY.

Housekeeping note: the glitch with my contact form has now been fixed. Now is the time to book a consultation for your favorite Valentine. Aren’t you dying to know how the ties that bind you together are reflected in your respective horoscopes?

And now, the news.

Talk about BIG! Here’s to Space X founder Elon Musk, for his company’s successful launch of Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket. OMG did you see this on tape? You must! Lift off happened at 3:45 PM ET in Cape Canaveral, FL — powered by Pluto on the Descendant and expansive Jupiter trine to the Ascendant. Yippee! And OMG — check out the Starman in the red Roadster. What an apt image for the far-out potential of Uranus in pioneering Aries aligned with Venus in space cadet Aquarius.

Also big — and in a rare spirit of reaching across the aisles, suggested by aforementioned harmony between Venus and Uranus: Senate leaders reached an agreement on a “far-reaching budget deal.” Did it raise the debt ceiling and increase spending? Heck, YES! Meanwhile, in Germany, “Angela Merkel Strikes New Deal With Old Partners, At High Cost.”  Coincidence or conspiracy? Walgreens is reaching across the aisles, too — with the announcement of its new “transgender inclusion bathroom policy.”  Wait, not so fast, says Bermuda — which today repealed laws legalizing same-sex marriage, replacing it with some form of separate but equal status.

In other news, the expansive potential of Jupiter is clearly seen in Nancy Pelosi’s horoscope, as Jupiter met up with her Moon, trined her Mercury (how she needs to think and communicate), and opposed her Venus, Mars and Uranus.  A need for gravitas and focus is suggested by transiting Saturn squaring her Aries Sun. Together, it adds up to this: “Nancy Pelosi Breaks Record with 8-Hour Speech” yesterday on the floor of the House. More upsets to come from Ms. Pelosi in a few months, as transiting Uranus shakes up her hard-working Saturn-Pluto square. I wish we had an exact birth time for her horoscope.

Jupiter refers to publishing. Here’s a big story: Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong reaches deal to buy L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune.

Jupiter refers to judicial opinions. This one is big:  SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito denied a stay on a lower court ruling requiring Pennsylvania to re-draw its districts.  Seriously, have you seen how the current Pennsylvania districts have been drawn?

Jupiter refers to grandiosity, braggadocio and wretched excess — these are downside potentials. The Sun refers to egos and leaders — including autocrats, which appears to be a global trend.  It should come as no surprise that one of the most wretchedly excessive, swaggering braggarts in recent political memory has a big idea: a military parade to end all military parades. And this big idea is in an actual planning stage: Trevor Noah has the latest. They’re talking Veterans Day as a possible Big Fat Parade date. I’m surprised no one has suggested Flag Day — June 14th — which just so happens to be P45’s birthday. I’d be thrilled if that was the actual date, because he has two exact measurements on that day which suggest 1) risky action with broad reach and 2) excessive pleasurable indulgence. A Big Fat Parade which he can salute fits that picture, and it’s arguably more preferable than a more explosive alternative.

This just in:

House Democrats on Thursday introduced the “PARADE” Act — otherwise known as the Preventing the Allocation of Resources for Absurd Defense Expenditures bill — which aims keep taxpayers from footing the bill if President Trump’s dreams of a military parade do, indeed, come to fruition.

It’s official. We are living in a theater of the absurd.

In other big news, Big trouble: all of Japan’s sumo wrestlers to be questioned as sport lurches into crisis

Meanwhile, there is the Rob Porter scandal. He is Senator Orrin Hatch’s former chief of staff — and now former staff secretary at the White House. He resigned this week after his abusive behavior was revealed by two of his ex-wives and a former girlfriend.  Not only is Rob Porter an apparent wife beater, he also was unable to obtain a full security clearance for his highly sensitive White House gig. He’s not the only one at the White House who hasn’t been fully cleared. Oh — and none of this is news to certain legal staffers at the White House; they’ve known about these abuse allegations and security challenges for over a year. Hmm. Astro Fun Facts: Porter’s Saturn at 28 Leo was eclipsed on Aug 21st by the Big Fat Total Solar Eclipse, triggered last month by transiting Mars at 28 Scorpio.  Transiting Uranus is now at 25 Aries, just one degree away from its third hit to the Midheaven (public status) of the 2017 P45 Inaugural Chart. We see the suggestion of a shake-up around March 7th. Perhaps there is more to come. Stay tuned.

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Monday 2/5/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Catching Up on the (Big) News

Alll-righty then!

Writing this during a Monday afternoon Moon void. The Libra Moon made contact with rebel Uranus at 1:46 PM ET, suggesting an upset to the status quo that might snowball out of control.  It won’t enter the next sign — Scorpio — until 10:56 PM ET. Focus on routine concerns and roll with any twists and flakes. If a crisis crops up, it is likely much ado about nothing, so — chill!  The other Moon voids this week are THURSDAY 2:16 AM ET – 8:53 AM ET; SATURDAY 11:38 AM ET – 9:21 PM ET. Do your weekend shopping on Sunday, when the Moon will not be void.

Once Moon shifts into Scorpio tonight, it drives the ensuing days with a need for depth, substance and control. We can all heave a sigh of relief when the Moon enters Sagittarius at 8:53 AM ET on THURSDAY.  Meanwhile, there’s not much action among the planets this week, other than to the Moon. Once again this brings to mind the image of a massive ice shelf falling spectacularly into the sea for no apparent reason. The only exact patterns this week are — first of all —  a harmony between Venus and Uranus, exact at 8:36 PM ET on TUESDAY. What an apt pattern for hanging with your besties — the more unconventional, the better. Or doing something that involves technology and social expression.

The second pattern of note is a square between the Sun and Jupiter, exact on SATURDAY at 6:21 PM ET. Sun-Jupiter contacts suggest expansion, for better for worse — and this includes a big fall as well as a big rise. Here are some past Jupiter square Sun headlines — urrrp!

And now, the news.

Hooray for the Iggles — Super Bowl champs! I wish I’d had my computer with me when I was watching the game. I noted the time of every scoring point and checked them out against the chart for the start of the game. Every single score happened on a planetary hit to that chart — as any sensible astrologer would expect. Astrology is amazing.

Also amazing — the Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Born Jan 20 1989 in Austin, TX — birth time unknown — Mr. Foles is having his first Saturn return. Welcome to the official start of your adulthood, Mr. Foles! As you’d expect in the horoscope of an athlete, we see an exact square between his Aquarius Sun and his natal Mars. A trine between Mars and his natal Uranus suggests an innovative spin on the way he needs to act. His Sun-Mars square will be supercharged by transiting Uranus throughout 2018, suggesting this is likely be a breakout year. Ya think?

Mr. Foles has ambitions beyond football. He plans to become a pastor after he hangs up his helmet. His humanitarian Aquarius Sun is driven by a Cancer Moon. We can appreciate his need to build emotional and family security. Plus, his natal Venus is conjunct Neptune in Capricorn, suggesting a need for idealism seeking a potentially spiritual outlet.

In other news…let’s see…what else happened?

There was a State of the Union speech the day before last week’s total lunar eclipse. The morning after, P45 tweeted that it had the largest audience in history. His speech — not the eclipse, mind you.  Total lie — and duly noted as such on Fox News.  If you missed the speech, you can catch the highlights via Stephen Colbert. A train wreck might come to mind. The speech, not Stephen Colbert…

…which makes it all the more astonishing to note that a train wreck did happen on the day after the speech! A chartered Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to their annual retreat at the Greenbriar in West Virginia collided with….a garbage truck. You are not allowed to laugh. One person died in that crash and several were seriously injured. Looking at the chart for the time of the crash, it is no surprise to see Uranus squaring the angles (1/31/18 at 11:20 AM ET in Crozet, VA).

On Friday,  the Dow dropped 666 points, the sixth worst one-day drop ever.  Hmmm….a train wreck involving the current party in power? 666? A superstitious sort might take it to be a sign (cue Dr. Evil laugh now, please). Yesterday there was another fatal train wreck...in Cayce, South Carolina. Cayce, hmm? Edgar Cayce? Is that also a sign? I don’t know, but in the chart for that train wreck (2:35 AM on 2/4/18), we see Neptune on one angle (confusion) and Mars on another (outburst of energy, consistent with an accident). We also see the Moon squared by Saturn, suggesting a potential brick wall.

Here’s a sign. Last weekend’s wretched excess of a square between Venus and Jupiter coincided with more details on the corruption scandal involving Fat Leonard and the U.S. Navy. (of course we’re hearing about FAT Leonard on a Venus-Jupiter transit).  How easy was it to tempt a bunch of U.S. naval officers and their wives? As easy as you can say prostitutes, champagne and designer handbags. Which makes me wonder…if a bunch of fine upstanding naval officers can be so easily corrupted by one Malaysian businessman, how easy would it be for other fine upstanding persons to be corrupted…?

Other intriguing signs: U.S. Treasury “quietly” releases report that it will borrow a trillion dollars in 2018, a whole lot more than it did last year. Even with all of that borrowing, the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling “earlier than expected” — in early March, courtesy of that Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius tax bill that was cut and pasted together back in December.

UPDATE: Friday’s 666 point drop was the seventh worst ever. Maybe. It’s hard to tell, because every time I read an article about today’s drop, I find a new stat about it. Thanks, Moon void! For instance, I read today’s the biggest one-day drop happened today: 1175 points. Yet another piece says today’s Dow drop was the biggest since 2011. OK, whatever — so long as it’s Sun-square-Jupiter BIG.

I’m not sure about the global markets, but as Avid Readers may recall, back in November we noted that the U.S. was due for significant belt-tightening, as transiting Saturn opposes the U.S. Venus and Jupiter. In other words, we see the potential for a streamlining squeeze on the two planets which refer to nourishment, abundance and expansion.  These planets are in Cancer, as sign acutely concerned with emotional, family and home(land) security. Leaner and meaner — that’s on the calendar for the U.S. in 2018. Right now, Saturn is at 5 Capricorn, opposing the U.S. Jupiter at 5 Cancer. The U.S. Venus is 2 Cancer. Here’s a streamlining story about food (Venus) that hit the wires a few weeks ago, when Saturn was at 2 Capricorn. It’s still a hot topic — this story hit a few hours ago.

Meanwhile, eclipses have an odd way of coinciding with secrets coming to light.

Exhibit A: Transiting Saturn is putting a squeeze on Robert Wagner’s horoscope as it barrels down on his Moon at 7 Cancer. He’s just been declared a “person of interest” in the drowning death of his wife, Natalie Wood. His Mercury (ruler of his MC/public status) is about to be disrupted for the last time on February 12th, and then Saturn will hit his Moon and conjoin his natal Saturn. Yes, a third Saturn return for Mr. Wagner, suggesting a potential karmic reckoning, perhaps? As you can imagine, Natalie Wood’s horoscope is currently hot, with disruptive Uranus about to impact her Cancer Sun, Mars, Pluto and Taurus Moon starting on March 29th. What a temper she must have had, despite an essential need for comfort and security…

Exhibit B: “Huge Mayan city with pyramids found hidden under jungle.” Exhibit C: we now know what was in that mysterious Tiffany gift box.

Here’s a good water cooler story for you — speaking of BIG. The woman who won last month’s Powerball jackpot of $560 million can’t collect it unless she is willing to release her name to the public. So far, she has refused to do so.

Finally, you might be wondering what’s going on in the horoscope of Paul Simon. The 76-year-old music legend announced his planned retirement after a final “Homeward Bound” tour this year. Transiting Mars is squaring his Ascendant and that suggests action. Transiting Pluto is beginning the last of a series of challenges to his Libra Sun, suggesting an apt time for empowerment and a transformation of self-identity. His horoscope has been ever so hot over the past few years. A new phase is definitely in order.

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Friday 2/2/2018 & the Weekend: Indulge, Indulge — and P.S. — Astrology is Amazing

TGIF!

The Virgo Moon is in major clean-up mode, sorting and analyzing the details in the wake of Wednesday’s lunar eclipse. Communication may be a bit foggy around 11:30 AM ET, when the Moon is opposed by dreamy Neptune. Cue release of bewildering and misleading memo now, please.  An empowering perspective kicks in toward evening, as the Moon harmonizes with depth-seeking Pluto.

Feel feel to sleep in on SATURDAY, as the Moon will be void between 2:07 AM ET and 4:47 PM ET. You wanna shop impulsively? I can see why, given that Venus (money, women, art) and Jupiter (expansion) are in a tense and wretchedly excessive pattern, exact SUNDAY at 1:07 AM ET.  But purchases made during voids are rarely of use — at least in the way that you imagined. Buy your trinkets after the void — and enjoy!

Meanwhile, putting your thoughts in motion is favored now and up until 10:58 AM ET SATURDAY, when Mercury (thoughts) and Mars (motion) will be in harmony. This applies to Friday, too.

No Moon void on SUNDAY suggests less chance of upsets favoring the underdog (I have no idea who the underdog is in the eaglely-awaited Super Bowl). The Libra Moon and its need for balance, fairness and people-pleasing is well-supported throughout the day. However, on MONDAY the Moon makes its weekly clash with disruptive Pluto and Uranus, at 4:22 AM ET and 1:46 PM ET, respectively. Should be an interesting morning — no sleeping in.

More news than I can shake a stick at needs to be addressed — so please stay tuned.

Meanwhile, I received some lovely feedback from a couple of clients — worth sharing.

First, via text:

I gotta tell ya, the planetary dates you flag for various personal hooha never disappoints. Yikes.

And second, via email:

After your wonderful reading last year for my son,  I told him that I wanted him to write stories for me. I didn’t make a big deal about it just told him how much I would like to have stories from him. It took him until  last week to ask me for pencils and a notebook. Which he got yesterday. so this morning I got 9 texts messages from him each one was a page with what he thinks are stories. Basically just 2/3 sentences per page.
This such a major thing for him to do. It’s taken a while for him to figure it all out but I bet that he gets better and it will be interesting to see how far he goes with it. I’m so thrilled this is so exciting and wonderful. It’s making him think.
Thank you.
That one sent me over the moon. This Avid Reader’s  son is autistic. But his horoscope clearly suggests how he needs to think, how he needs to act…and when such action would be likely to occur. It also suggests what he needs in order to feel fulfilled — at whatever level he happens to be at in his life.  My sense was that he might respond positively to a request for a story.  With Mars retrograde in his horoscope, it makes sense that it would take this young man a good long while before acting on the invitation. And it’s no surprise at all that the trigger would be transiting Mars on his natal Mars…soon to be followed by Jupiter on his natal Sun and Jupiter, too. We see the potential for expansion in the area of creative self-expression all year long. Astrology is amazing. Gratitude to the Avid Reader who gave me permission to share this story with you. It is an honor to be of service.
I always encourage parents to get to know their children through their horoscopes. I encourage adult children to get to know their parents’ horoscopes, too. This is especially true for people who have challenging relationships with parents, children, siblings, etc.  You may not be able to improve an especially difficult relationship, but often times you can. And if you can’t, at least you will understand why it is the way it is.  And this can give you peace. And that’s today’s Moon trine Pluto empowering perspective, as predicted.
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